Wednesday 6 April 2022, 5:30-7pm (GMT +11 Australian Eastern Standard Time).
The Donald Robinson Library, Moore Theological College, 1 King St, Newtown NSW 2042.
Dr Meredith Lake
Dr Meredith Lake is an historian, broadcaster and award-winning writer interested in how Australians understand the big questions of faith and meaning. She currently hosts Soul Search on ABC Radio National – a weekly show about the lived experience of religion and spirituality. Her most recent book is The Bible in Australia: a cultural history – winner of the Australian History prize at the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier’s History awards, and 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year.
The Bible arrived in Australia at the same time as imperial settlement and the beginnings of a penal colony. It had a profound impact on the development of the land in New South Wales and beyond, notably through colonial chaplains Richard Johnson and Samuel Marsden. Translations of the Bible into indigenous languages extended the message of the gospel to the original inhabitants of the land, and yet this occurred within the destructive framework of colonisation. This event will explore the complex and challenging history of the Bible in Australasia from 1788 to 1850. The accompanying exhibition will feature the concordance to the Bible which Johnson brought out on the First Fleet, the first translation of the New Testament into Maori, and more.
Free. RSVP is required.